TOURING isn’t for everyone, but small group touring can be a different kettle of fish. We talk to Emily Warner, a travel consultant for Bunnik Tours about the advantages of this kind of tour.
Is there much interest among Australians for taking a small group tour?
Absolutely, the interest is growing each year and becoming a popular option for Australians who want a more personal touring experience.
Which areas are most popular for small group tours?
Japan has experienced a huge increase in popularity over the past few years and most recently the Middle East has become a region of interest for Australian travellers. South America and Europe are always popular options, especially Northern Italy and Croatia.
What sort of travellers take a small group tour?
People that want a unique, intimate and specialised touring experience. It’s also a great opportunity for single passengers to travel with like-minded people.
What should an agent consider when selling small group tours?
The inclusions of the tour are important to travellers – you should be clear about what the price that they are paying includes and what is extra. It’s also important to recognise that good levels of mobility are required, due to walking and the different types of transport used.
What do you see as the benefits of small group tours for travellers?
Less time spent waiting for others, more space on the touring vehicles, the ability to stay in unique properties (not just large hotel chains), developing friendships with your fellow travellers and more time to ask questions and interact with your guide. Smaller groups also allow for special experiences that are difficult for large tour groups and individual travellers to access. These experiences can really help travellers to connect with the local people and cultures and often can only be found on a small group tour.